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Mononoke

One screenshot should be enough for this scorching day

Another series that really stands out to me in the small batch of new anime is Mononoke. I have to say it’s one of the only ones that has captured my interests right at the first episode, the others sort of took time for me to take much more of liking to them – if I didn’t drop them entirely. I really liked the art direction for this one; it really looked traditionally hand-drawn and hand-colored as opposed to the other new series that make it obvious that the colors are computer-generated. And here’s the important part: the art direction fits really well with this series because a lot of the scenes look like Kaiga (Japanese paintings), which fits the time period and setting of the story. Haven’t gotten into the second episode yet, so I can’t really make a true comment on the story, but I will say say this: The Druggist is one of the most badass merchants ever. Plus, I really like the concept of a medicine merchant slaying spirits under certain circumstances. It’s all cool. (;

The series is a spin-off to Ayakashi (an anime series of three classic Japanese horror stories), which I’ve never watched. To make things clear – No, you don’t need to watch Ayakashi either to understand this series. The only character from that series that has a role in Mononoke is the Druggist, so it’s pretty much its own story. Just a little note there. (: